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Zakwrote a review of on October 9, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Absolutely love this jacket. Use it for everything from ice/rock climbing, ski touring, trail running. Its great for just keeping the wind out which makes a big difference when your on the move and for weighing less than 4 ounces you just cant beat it. I keep this jacket clipped on my harness as a great security blanket on long routes in case the wind picks up and its help up great while being worn through many chimneys.

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Zakwrote a review of on October 9, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've owned three BD packs in the eight years that I've been climbing and this one is by far my least favorite. But first i'll start with the features I liked about it:
Tons of space in this thing, easily fit a double rack, waters bottles and layers no problem. Side Zippers are a great features, get to the crag and dump your gear out in a flash.
Now the aspects that aren't so nice...
Granted I used the pack for guiding this summer for roughly 90 days but I expected it to hold up a little better than it did. Within a month the draw string for the lid snapped and I had to pain painstakingly thread a new piece of cord through, as well as the stitching on the shoulders blew out within two months. The removable brain is a good idea but without the correct amount of stuff in the pack the brain wont a line correctly and it just sits funny on the pack.
Just my two cents but I defiantly think a better design with more durable material is in order. Great for someone who is taking this to the crag maybe once every weekend, but for a person who is taking this out on multi day outings or guiding plan on buying at least three per year with the way that it holds up.

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Zakwrote a review of on April 9, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small

I wear PHH for everything, ski touring, ice climbing, rock climbing, trail running. Love the wind protection this piece gives when wearing it by itself, and is a go to layering piece in colder conditions. The tight fitting balaclava style hood is awesome for underneath a climbing helmet or for that extra warmth with a hat. For me this piece was defiantly worth the money and something I wont be trading in any time soon.

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Zakwrote a review of on February 19, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I ended up trading my BD vipers for the techs and couldn't be more happy. They are so incredibly light it's insane, and the swing is nice and even so you get great sticks. The curvature of the shaft makes for barely any knuckle bashing even when clearing larges bulges in the ice, but I do agree that the tools do flex a decent amount when dry tooling and the shafts have taken a good beating form the last two seasons. Overall these tools are amazing on on pure ice and alpine routes and for the amount you pay for them I would defiantly consider these over the BD cobras, but if your looking to do more mixed/dry tooling look elsewhere because the shafts will just get dinged and demolished

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